A Few of My Favorite Things

It's not that I'm unimpressed by raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens. It's just that my favorite things are the things that help me simplify and strengthen my paintings. I have a handy bag that carries a few of my favorite things, ... Read More...

The dual roles of concept and imagination

I don't think as artists that we give much thought to all the studies that have been done on the subject of "Creativity"...we just create. The people who supposedly study these things usually speak of creativity's five steps. The five ... Read More...

Etiquette for Artists at Plein Air Painting Festivals

I've participated in many plein air painting festivals over the years. Now with the plein air painting season nearly upon us, I have some thoughts on these festivals and how artists should behave. Some of the participants, especially some ... Read More...

Working Out The Kinks of Water-Mixable Oils

I paint with both water-mixable oils and traditional oils, and I get a wide variety of responses when people discover this. Everything from rude negativity ("what crap is that?”) to nods from those in the know ("I use them too, aren't they ... Read More...

Resolutions That Stick

WOW, I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a bit “over-stuffed” with holiday cheer right now. It’s that time of year again, when most of us resolve to make a change for the better. My resolutions? Oh, I am always trying to lose the added ... Read More...

My Favorite Thing – Tina Garrett

"What appeared to interest him more than anything else when I arrived was to know what music I had brought with me."                                                                                                                           ... Read More...

The Nature of Oil Painting

As an artist that has been working with oil paint for over 40 years, I am still trying to understand as much as I can about this wonderful medium. It seems like every year, new improved and safer products are being developed by paint ... Read More...

Sketching For Painting

Ever since beginning college level art courses, I’ve been advised by my instructors to always carry a sketch book. I was a graphic design major, but was always taking drawing, sculpture, photography and countless other fine art courses. ... Read More...

My Favorite Thing – Aimee Erickson

Sketchbooks: When I was little I sometimes drew in my journal. In college we were assigned to keep something called a sketchbook—what an idea!— and I've kept one ever since. All my travels are in them, as well as museum visits, ... Read More...